The Essex Human Rights Centre presents its popular summer school on Human Rights, taught by a faculty of leading academics and practitioners.

The Human Rights Summer School will be held virtually in 2022. We will be delivering our course in an online live, interactive format, split over two weeks.

The Essex Human Rights Summer School will cover various topics related to professional practice in human rights. Taught by an international faculty of leading experts in the field, the Summer School will examine human rights research methods, advocacy and campaigning strategies, and aspects of professional development. The programme includes sessions that address growing challenges human rights professionals face and highlights opportunities to overcome them. The Summer School curriculum is designed to build the capacity of both mid-career human rights professionals and postgraduate students to be successful human rights defenders and researchers.

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The teaching programme covers a range of research methods and skills necessary for successful human rights practice and professional development. In addition to modules covering various research methods, the curriculum includes sessions on advocacy, organisational management, coping strategies and practitioner case studies.

In taking this course, participants will:

  • Acquire a strong understanding of the several methods used in human rights research covering qualitative and quantitative methods as well as emerging methods such as the use of experiments in the social sciences
  • Understand how to do research in different country contexts, including in closed and challenging societies
  • Learn to design research projects with a solid methodology to have optimal impact on policy and practice
  • Gain a strong appreciation of a range of advocacy tools, including litigation, international advocacy as well as of strategies on running campaigns to achieve change
  • Acquire insights into effective governance of human rights NGOs, including group dynamics
  • Learn ways to build resilience and support the well-being of human rights advocates in the face of their constant or extraordinary exposure to various forms and types of trauma in their line of work
  • Gain insights into various aspects of field practice from several practitioners on promoting human rights in international contexts

It is an ideal course for postgraduate students, academics, lawyers and human rights professionals working in NGOs, government and international organisations.

Applications are open until 20 June with our early bird discounts ending on 31 May.

For more information visit our website.

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